Stories by Kelvin Collins

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Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

Timeshare owners being fleeced by scam artists

In a tough economy, struggling families look for ways to reduce their expenses. One popular option is to unload any timeshares so they can hopefully recoup their investment and stop paying ...
By Kelvin Collins

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

What you need to know about an auto service contract

Before signing the dotted line, the Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be sure they understand the terms of the contract and know who is responsible for providing the coverage.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013

Your Money: Tips on giving to police and firefighter organizations

The police and firefighters in your community put their lives on the line daily to protect you, your family and your community.
By Kelvin Collins

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Your Money: Save on your next summer vacation

With a little prior planning and saving, you can have a relaxing and refreshing vacation without the stress of paying a mountain of credit card debt afterwards.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, July 15, 2013

Your Money: Be a smarter consumer

Consumers of all ages and nationalities are targeted by con artists whose primary goal is to part you from your money. The best way to avoid being taken advantage of is to become a smarter consumer.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Your Money: If disaster strikes are you prepared financially?

We have seen our fair share of rain and storms over the last month so it seems timely to think about planning for natural disasters. Natural disasters can destroy your personal property and ...
By Kelvin Collins

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Make a home-safety plan before a trip

Proactive measures can help consumers keep their home safe from fire, carbon monoxide and the threat of burglary while they are away.
By Kelvin Collins

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Your Money: Gifting clubs are pyramid schemes

Gifting clubs are pyramid schemes where participants put their money into a pool and must find new contributors to keep the pool growing.
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Your Money: Sidewalk salesmen and parking lot peddlers

It is the weekend and you are dashing to complete a list of errands. As you pull into the parking lot, you see some enticing signs. The advertised prices are extremely low. You are about to ...
By Kelvin Collins

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Your Money: Beware of Memorial Day scams aimed at military personnel

Memorial Day has become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, May 6, 2013

Move safely and securely while avoiding scams

May kicks off the busiest time of year for Americans changing residencies and also means unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers are waiting to take advantage of unwary consumers.
By Kelvin Collins

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Your Money: Don't fall for fake promises of lower property taxes

Scam artists look for opportunities to generate money for themselves and if they can create a sense of urgency or perceived savings for you, then they stand a much better chance of separating you ...
By Kelvin Collins

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Your Money: Know what's involved before co-signing a loan

When you co-sign for a loan, you are taking a risk that the lender is not willing to take so be sure you are comfortable with all of the terms and conditions.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, April 8, 2013

Your Money: Choosing an assisted living facility

Assisted living is one of the fastest growing types of senior housing in the United States.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, April 1, 2013

Your Money: Three-day 'Cooling Off' rule

Consumers have three business days to cancel any purchase of $25 or more that was made in the consumer's home or somewhere other than the seller's usual place of business
By Kelvin Collins

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Your Money: Are reverse mortgages for you?

A reverse mortgage allows homeowners to convert part of the equity in a home to cash without having to sell the property.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, March 11, 2013

Your Money: New merchant surcharges on credit purchases

You may notice a new fee on your receipt. Retailers are now allowed to pass along to consumers the cost of processing credit cards.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Your Money: Now is the time to think about air conditioning

Rushing to find a cooling contractor can burn a hole in your wallet instead of keeping you cool.
By Kelvin Collins

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Your Money: Avoiding automobile repair scams

When your vehicle needs repairs, you don't need a crash course in auto mechanics, but you should know how to find a reliable shop and mechanic.
By Kelvin Collins

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Your Money: Avoiding fraudulent tax preparers

While most preparers provide good service to their clients, a few unscrupulous tax preparers file false and fraudulent tax returns and ultimately defraud their clients.
By Kelvin Collins
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